All good things must come to an end…or at least take a break. Damon Albarn, frontman of beloved digital rock outfit Gorillaz, seems to think its time to put the band to bed for a while following back-to-back LP releases with 2017’s Humanzand 2018’s The Now Now. Recently, speaking to the Toronto Sun, Albarn explained that after two full-length studio albums, he and co-creator Jamie Hewlett plan to take a break from the road, to “even out” their recent output. An impending hiatus isn’t too surprising however, given that before Humanz, Albarn and Hewlett hadn’t linked for a full-length project since 2010’s Plastic Beach.
“Since there wasn’t much time between these recent two records it’s probably going to be another 10 years,” claims Albarn.
Recently, the Blur proponent also revealed that another side project, The Good, The Bad & The Queen are set to release new music, and that new materials from the Gorillaz could land sometime after that. Regardless of more new music from the “Humility” producers that may come in 2019, it seems after the group’s current tour ends on October 24 in Mexico City, Gorillaz may not surface again for another decade.
Casio’s ultimate tough watch, G-SHOCK, is celebrating their 35th anniversary with a new exclusive collection promoted with an animated story made by the Gorillaz. 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle, and Russel Hobbs embark on Mission M101, which appears to be the first in a to-be-continued series. The four band members begin their journey in Tokyo. There, they receive a message by Mr. Ibe to help him obtain a watch from Galaxy M101.
The forthcoming capsule was originally featured in Gorillaz’s “Summer Sky Series” on 2D last year. It will include the release of two limited edition watches designed with the Gorillaz animated band members. The watches will see G-SHOCK’s original 5600 model updated with a twist.
Look for the G-SHOCK x Gorillaz collaboration to launch this winter with more animated clues to come. Earlier this month, the British band utilized hand-drawn animation and claymation for their new “Tranz” music video.
Gorillaz are back to further solidify their indelible track record for eye popping visuals with a trippy new music video for “Tranz.” The slithering synth-rock is a surefire standout from their recently released LP, The Now Now. As expected, the animated outfit show up to show out in the track’s colorful new video.
The clip opens with the band set up on a digital stage, with a flickering gray and black backdrop. As the band jams on, the colors begin bleeding more and more into the backdrop — infiltrating the entire video. Before long, an explosion of psychedelics is drowning everything in sight. Mushrooms, zombies, band frontman 2D shooting light beams out of his eyes; the trippy factor begins amping up quickly, and never lets up. The effect is trance-like and immersive, with a hefty dose that classic cheeky Gorillaz flair.
The group kicks off their last run of North American tour dates in support of the album in Toronto on October 8. Notable amidst that last blast is the band’s own Demon Dayz festival in Los Angeles alongside Erykah Badu, DRAM, and more.
Although Gorillaz’ latest album The Now Nowwas released just this past June, it appears that the animated band is already gearing up to release something new. In a new interview with the Radio FM4 podcast, frontman Damon Albarn revealed the band already has another new album in the works, confirming a revelation Albarn alluded to earlier this year.
“I have another one as well, but I know I’m not gonna be allowed to even think about recording or putting it out this year. In October, after I play in America, I’ll be starting The Good, The Bad & The Queen again…it’s there. If I get the time, or if anyone wants it, it’s there.”
The upcoming LP would be the Gorillaz’ seventh studio album and would follow another release with The Good, The Bad & The Queen — Albarn’s supergroup with the Clash’s Paul Simonon, the Verve’s Simon Tong, and Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen.
He’s on a prolific hot streak, releasing two Gorillaz albums in the span of the last year. Now, Albarn’s made it clear that he has no plans to slow down, either, with the announcement that his supergroup, The Good The Bad & The Queen, will release their long-awaited sophomore album “by the end of the year.”
“I’m on tour in Europe doing festivals, but I’m coming home in between them [to finish the record],” he told Kyle Meredith at Consequence of Sound. “I’m working all weekend doing festivals and then come home Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday — that should be a weekend. But because I’ve stupidly started and want to make this record right, I don’t have any weekends,” Albarn quipped.
The Good, The Bad & The Queen, features a venerable cast of musicians that includes The Clash’s Paul Simonon, The Verve’s Simon Tong, and Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen. The band released their last and only album back in 2007.
DJ Koze‘s reemergence from secluded island life yielded one of the most danceable albums of the year thus far.
Knock Knock flows seamlessly. Like a DJ set, the album’s a resounding collection of enigmatic stylings. Hip-hop reigns, vocalists are victorious, and energy’s at new heights, but what’s perhaps most interesting about Koze’s newest work is its integration of different forms. It’s a snapshot of contemporary dance’s coming and goings, so it makes sense then that DJ Koze would take on remixing fellow curators of past and present innovation, Gorillaz.
Koze has reworked one of the digital band’s most recent highlights from their newly released LP, The Now Now, taking on the dreamy “Humility,” offering an immensely laid back take on the record which humbly calls for it to be put on endless rotation. Giving Gorillaz’ “Humility” a placatingly psychedelic spin, Koze proves to be a complementary match to Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s synth-pop stylings.
“Del is in hospital still in Roskilde. He’s got seven fractured ribs, and he punctured his lung on one side, lacerated it on the other.”
“He’s gonna be fine,” Albarn goes on to say. “It was just a stage fall, and I’ve fallen off stage several times, off stages way higher than that and I’ve been so fortunate. When he fell down, I was looking at him like, come on get up there’s 80,000 people out there and we need to finish. I thought I was going to able to carry the song on. I thought he was going to be okay…. But he really wasn’t.”
The Gorillaz performance was ultimately halted after the incident occurred. Albarn concludes, “It’s an awful, awful thing that I can’t quite believe. I keep playing it through my head.”
Gorillaz closed out their Roskilde Festival set slightly early after collaborator Del the Funky Homosapien fell off stage while performing “Clint Eastwood” during Gorillaz’ July 7 set at the Denmark event.
Damon Albarn thanked attendees for “a beautiful evening,” promptly stopping the set after Del’s fall. Roskilde Festival organizers issued a statement on their Facebook notifying ticket holders that Del was “conscious and talking to his team,” an announcement that Del followed with a tweet informing fans that he was okay. “I’m doing alright but will be in the hospital for a bit,” Del wrote, “the care here is outstanding though.”
Thank you all for the love! I’m doing alright but will be in the hospital for a bit, the care here is outstanding though. Much love to @gorillaz for having me out and I’ll be back soon yallpic.twitter.com/p383Mc2Qh5
Gorillaz are performing their brand new album The Now Now live for the first time ever on the Boiler Room in Tokyo. Announced for Sunday, June 24, Gorillaz will take the stage with a unique combination of atmospheric visuals taken from their stage show.
The album’s full live debut comes after a steady stream of lead up singles, most recently with the introspective, psychedelic “Fire Flies.” Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s impending new collection, The Now Now, marks the virtual band’s sixth studio album and will officially be released on June 29 via Parlophone and Warner Bros. Records.